Value of antique S&W (Model 3 .44 American?)

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by mtallman, Nov 2, 2011.

  1. mtallman

    mtallman New Member

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    Hi Everyone,

    I am looking for some information on this old S&W revolver, and have heard good things about this forum in regards to antique guns.

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    Here is an album with more pictures (in case there are 56k guys). http://imageshack.us/g/88/p1030364mg.jpg/

    According to my research so far, I believe I have identified it as a Model 3 First American in .44 (American). However, I am not positive on this. The chambers are bored straight through, not only part way (as I believe .44 Russians were).

    A bit on the gun:

    The top of the barrel is marked "SMITH & WESSON SPRINGFIELD MASS. U.S.A. PAT. JULY 10. 60. JAN. 17. FEB. 17. JULY 11. 65 & AUG. 24. 69".

    The serial number is 3390, as stamped on the but, and is also stamped on one of the grips (on the inside surface). Additionally, there is a "TO" stamped on the cylinder face, locking latch, and upper assembly (right by the locking latch).

    In terms of function, the extractor and hammer/trigger work well, however, the cylinder doesn't revolve reliably. I suspect the part that rotates the cylinder is damaged. The gun locks up tight with very little cylinder wobble.

    I am looking to sell this revolver, and am looking for any input on its market value. I will be checking this thread frequently, and can answer any questions and/or provide specific pictures of details.

    Any help would be appreciated!

    Thanks,
    Matt
  2. dustydog

    dustydog New Member

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    Without seeing it in person,and without doing the replacement of the hand (rotates the cylinder) a good looking shootable 3rd like this should bring an easy $2000.
  3. hrf

    hrf Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the forum, and your first model American appears to have had little use; the recoil shield shows little if any evidence of firing.

    The .44 American round used a heeled bullet of outside diameter nearly equal to case diameter, and the straight bored chambers are correct. The .44 Russian round has a larger case diameter.

    The current Flayderman's guide lists value range from $1250 for Good condition to $3750 for Fine condition, and yours probably needs appraisal by one of the large auction houses.
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